Some people experience tightness in the throat when they are anxious. This can make someone feel as though they have a lump in their throat or that they are choking. Sometimes, this sensation causes further anxiety, creating a vicious cycle.
Why do I feel a choking sensation?
This may be due to radiation, chemicals, medicines, chronic swelling, ulcers, or infection., Something stuck in the esophagus, such as a piece of food., Scleroderma, a disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the esophagus, Tumors in the chest that press on the esophagus.
What is anxiety choking?
Phagophobia, or the fear of swallowing, is a relatively rare type of phobia. It is sometimes confused with pseudodysphagia (the fear of choking). The major difference is that those with phagophobia are afraid of the act of swallowing, while those with pseudodysphagia are afraid that swallowing will lead to choking.
Can anxiety cause sensations in throat?
When anxiety makes your throat feel tight or makes you feel like you have something stuck in your throat, the feeling is called “globus sensation.”
Can thyroid cause throat tightness?
A goiter is when your thyroid swells. This is a big, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your throat. It makes hormones that keep your metabolism in balance. When it gets bigger, it can make your throat feel tight and closed up.